ABR Core Examination Preparation. Results of a Survey of Fourth-Year Radiology Residents Who Took the 2013 Examination.

Anup S. Shetty, Joseph R. Grajo, Summer Decker, Darel E. Heitkamp, Kristen K. DeStigter, Duane G. Mezwa, Lori Deitte

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Rationale and Objectives: A survey was administered to fourth-year radiology residents after receiving their results from the first American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core examination in 2013. The purpose was to gather information regarding resources and study strategies to share with program directors and future resident classes. Materials and Methods: An online survey was distributed to examinees nationwide. The survey included free-response and multiple choice questions that covered examination results, perceived value of enumerated study resources, case-based and didactic teaching conferences, board reviews, study materials for noninterpretive skills, multidisciplinary conference attendance, and free-form comments. Results: Two hundred sixty-six of 1186 residents who took the Core examination responded to the survey. Some resources demonstrated a significant difference in perceived value between residents who passed the examination and residents who failed, including internal board reviews (1.10, P<.01), daily didactic conferences (1.51, P<.01), and daily case conferences (1.43, P<.01). Residents who passed reported that conferences and review sessions at their institutions were modified with multiple choice questions, audience response, and integration of clinical physics and patient safety topics compared to residents who failed. Conclusions: Radiology residents and residency programs have adapted their preparations for the ABR Core examination in a variety of ways. Certain practices and study tools, including daily conferences and internal board reviews, had greater perceived value by residents who passed the examination than by residents who failed. This survey provides insights that can be used to assess and modify current preparation strategies for the ABR Core examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • American Board of Radiology
  • Core examination
  • Fourth year residents
  • Survey


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